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There are very few courses around Detroit I haven’t played.
– Smokey Robinson
Motown will always be a heavy-duty part of my life because those are my roots.
As a kid, this is what I wanted my life to be. Not in my wildest dreams did I ever dare to dream that it would be this.
Drugs are in every walk of life – doctors, lawyers, preachers, the guy who works for IBM, teenagers on the street, teenagers in school.
The only thing you’re taking out of here is your spirit and your soul, so we need to be conscious to try and develop that part of ourselves, because we’re all spiritual creatures.
Songwriting is my gift from God.
We’re very physical creatures, and we worry about how we look sometimes more than our spiritual selves.
We’re all going to be victims of temptation at several points in our lives.
In fact, I wouldn’t really call this a Gospel album, I call it more an inspirational album.
You know what, I’m probably one of the most blessed people there’s ever been, and I thank God for it.
Once you’re a Motown artist, that’s your stigmatism, and I was there from the very first day.
I’ve been speaking at churches for years, as well as juvenile jails, rehabs and hospitals, and I always talk about my faith. That is a declaration of my relationship with God.
As human beings, we’re very materialistic and have all this stuff – furs and cars and diamonds and money.
I left Motown because of the regime of people who were there.
I always try to write a song, I never just want to write a record.
People still look at Michael Jackson as being a Motown artist.
Once you’re a Motown artist, you’re always a Motown artist.
Had I not come out with an inspirational CD, you perhaps would have never known that I feel like I feel, that all songs, all the music I’ve ever done is a gift from God.
Even if I don’t release it myself, somebody else might hear it and want to record it. When you write a song, it gives it that potential.
So I wanted to sing inspirational music, and that’s exactly how I approached it – only the words have been changed to declare my relationship with God.
I really haven’t strayed too far, musically, from my roots.
You know what, life is full of temptations.
That’s because we did not set out to make black music. We set out to make quality music that everyone could enjoy and listen to.
When someone picks up one of my songs and records it, I’m a flattered man, it’s a blessing to me.
I don’t ever balk at being considered a Motown person, because Motown is the greatest musical event that ever happened in the history of music.
When you write a song, a song has longevity.